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Report: Sheffield United want Joe Rothwell and his situation at Blackburn works in their favour

Sheffield United are interested in signing Blackburn Rovers midfielder Joe Rothwell, reports Lancashire Live.

The Blades are said to be one of a number of clubs keeping an eye on Rothwell, with his future at Ewood Park uncertain.

Due to be out of contract this summer, Blackburn have activated a 12-month extension to keep the 26-year-old until 2022.

Yet that may just be to ensure they receive a transfer fee for Rothwell. According to The Sun’s Alan Nixon, Rovers are willing to sell the Manchester United youth product in order to raise funds.

In particular, they are keen to keep hold of Adam Armstrong – who is also about to enter the final year of his current deal.

Armstrong is hugely important to Blackburn. Only Brentford’s Ivan Toney scored more than his 28 Championship goals this season.

Not that they’re pushing to sell Rothwell, either, but they are open to offers.

With him only having a year left to run on his contract, this puts the Blades in a strong position should they make a move to sign him.

Even if Lancashire Live adds that Rovers would want to receive a seven-figure fee for Rothwell.

Who is Joe Rothwell?

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Rothwell left Man United permanently in 2016. He failed to make a first team appearance and had loan spells at Blackpool and Barnsley.

Two years at Oxford United followed before moving to Blackburn in the summer of 2018.

Rothwell is a central midfielder with an attacking mind. He has the ability to pick the ball up and run at defenders.

Rothwell is also comfortable as a number ten, which may prove useful depending on what formation the new United manager decides to play next term.

The only criticism of the former England Under-20 international is his final product. Eight goals in 118 games for Rovers to date is a relatively modest return for a player who likes to operate in the final third.

The Blades, meanwhile, are in need of midfield recruitment. Both Sander Berge and John Lundstram are expected to leave Bramall Lane this summer.

Clearly if the price is right, then Rothwell is available.

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